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Robert Redford to retire from acting after next two movies

Robert Redford in Lions For Lambs

Story by Jack Foley

ROBERT Redford has said he will retire from acting after completing his next two movies.

In a new interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford, the veteran actor said he intends to focus more on directing, as well as possibly taking up painting once more.

“I’ve got two acting projects in the works: Our Souls at Night, with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people who get a second chance in life, and Old Man With a Gun, a lighter piece with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek,” he said.

“Once they’re done, then I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,’ and then just focus on directing.”

Both Our Souls at Night and Old Man With a Gun – which reunites him with Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery – are still in pre-production.

Redford’s last film as a director was 2012’s little seen The Company You Keep, which he starred in with Shia LaBeouf. But he has previously won an Academy Award for directing the 1980s drama Ordinary People. Other directorial works include the Tom Cruise/Meryl Streep starrer Lions For Lambs.

As an actor, Redford’s decades-spanning career includes performances in such seminal films as Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, The Sting, Out of Africa, Three Days of the Condor and All The President’s Men.

He was also seen, more recently, in wide-ranging films from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to ocean drama All Is Lost.

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